COTABATO CITY—Sixty-four (64) former Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter (BIFF) combatants finished the 30-day skills development training in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.
The Ministry of Interior and Local Government (MILG), through its project Tulong ng Gobyernong Nagmamalasakit (TuGoN), initiated the training under Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) programs.
It was also in partnership with the Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE), Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police.
In his message, read by TuGoN head Mauricio Civiles, Chief Minister Ahod “Al Haj Murad” Ebrahim said, “sa mata ng Bangsamoro Government, iisa lamang ang ating gustong mangyari, ang magkaroon ng oportunidad sa bawat pamilyang Bangsamoro at maging mas maginhawa ang kanilang pamumuhay.”
“Bilang mga graduates ng TESDA program, mas lalawak ang inyong mga kakayahan at magkakaroon ng mga pagkakataon na maghanap ng mga mapagkukunan ng hanapbuhay, Insha Allah,” he added.
These former combatants received TESDA National Certificate (NC II) upon completion of Masonry NC II, Carpentry NC II, and Plumbing NC II short courses in Farasan Institute of Technology, Inc. a TESDA affiliated school.
The training aimed to capacitate the former combatants in preparation for their transition back to civilian life and become a more productive Bangsamoro citizen.
“Ito po ay isang pagpapatunay na gumagana po ang pang gobyerno ng ating pamahalaan, ang gobyerno ng ating Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao,” said Colonel Jovencio F. Gonzales representing Major General Juvymax Uy 6th Infantry Division Commanding General.
“Ipagpatuloy natin ang magandang pamumuhay para makasama tayo o kasali tayo sa peace and development ng ating kumonidad, sitio, barangay, munisipyo ng ating probinsya at ng buong sambayanan ng Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslin Mindanao,” he added.
MILG will also provide livelihood package to the trainees as their starter kit in utilizing the skills they acquired during the training. (Bureau of Public Information)